Mountain View overcomes sluggish start

Mountain View overcomes sluggish start

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Mountain View overcomes sluggish start

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Mesa Mountain View girls basketball coach Henry Bribiescas has dealt with enough already this season. Starting point guard and Northern Arizona commit Rene Coggins hasn’t played a minute of the season with a broken toe in her foot. Iowa State commit Jordan Jensen won’t sniff the court with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in preseason.

And on Friday against winless Tempe McClintock (0-10), Bribiescas was down another starter, watching his team start distressingly slow before catching fire to win 52-11.

It was Mountain View’s first game since Dec.22, when it beat Phoenix Mountain Pointe at the Nike Tournament of Champions.

“Just rust and getting everybody back into form,” Bribiescas said. “We did really well the last game against Mountain Pointe.”

With starter Armani Hawkins serving a one-game suspension due after committing a flagrant foul against Mountain Pointe, Mountain View (11-5) seemed to run in place in the first quarter.

With two minutes left in the period, Mountain View led just 4-2. The lead expanded — if that word even applies — to 8-4 by the end of a quarter in which Mountain View shot 4 for 16.

“We were pretty ragged in the first quarter,” Briebiescas said.

Of course, there are four quarters — Tim Tebow wouldn’t be be loved, otherwise — and Mountain View fared just fine in the final three, outscoring McClintock 44-7 in that span.

Cherokee Davis had 10 points for Mountain View, all on first-half layups. Sabrina Haines added 13 points, and Morgan Pennell had 14 points, including two 3-pointers to start the second half.

Both Davis and Haines displayed strong ball-handling skills — the first play of the game was Davis going behind her back to beat her defender for a layup — and have handled point guard duties well in Coggins’ absence.

“They had to assume different roles,” Bribiescas said. “But they’ve settled in nicely.”

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